Friday, 12 December 2014

A Big Salute to All the Farmers!


India is a land of villages and most of the populations residing in villages are farmers. Agriculture employs more than half of the Indian population. Though, there was a time when approximately 75% of the Indian population was living on agricultural income. But the emergence of service sector and strong manufacturing industry has helped in attracting people from agriculture to these sectors. Yet, agriculture is the main occupation of the country. India had an interesting agricultural journey. The green revolution changed the agricultural landscape of the nation. Productivity increased and India became self-reliant in many agro-commodities. States like Punjab thrive on agricultural income. However, a lot needs to be done in improving the state of the farmers.

Farmers are the backbone of the nation. Government has taken a decision to observe December 23, the birthday of former prime minister late chaudhary charan singh as 'kisan samman diwas' in the state. He was primarily a farmer and his personal life-style was extremely simple. He was a son of the soil and contributed a lot to improve the situation of the Indian farmers. His brief stay at the top witnessed a slew of agricultural reforms and policies being introduced in India. Charan Singh’s peasantry background helped him understand real problems of the farmer and he did his best to help them.

Chaudhary Charan Singh is credited to formulate and implement the famous Zamindari Abolition Act. His passionate appeal and magnetic persona united all the farmers against the moneylenders and landlords. He was also a very effective writer and penned his thoughts on farmers and their problems and solutions. Charan Singh passed away on 29 May 1987. Kisan Divas is recognition of his valuable services rendered to the farmers of India. Entire India celebrates Farmers day. Farmers and members of rural community organize agricultural shows, functions and pay homage to their beloved leaders. New policies concerning farming, agriculture, seeds etc are also announced by the governments.

On this occasion, farmer seminars will be organised at the divisional, district and block levels. Agricultural scientists and agriculture extension officers will provide latest information to the farmers in these programmes. The kisan seminars will also be held at 31 agriculture science centres and 26 agriculture knowledge centers in the state. On this occasion, the district rural development agencies will organize exhibitions, fairs and seminars on various aspects of agriculture and rural development. The farmers will also be told about agriculture insurance schemes.

Farmer's Day is celebrated on the 23rd of December every year to promote awareness to help and reward farmers for their contribution to society. At least Farmer's Day observance compels us to think how farmers grow crops with great difficulty and their burnt skin to feed us, but themselves remain backward and wretched.

The plight of farmers in India has been very miserable in present-day India and they have always been at the receiving end since Independence. Their hard toil fetches them nothing except fake assurances from the dispensations at the helm. It’s sad and unfortunate that people who are indispensable for the growth of nation have been left to their fate. This is quite evident from the suicide cases in Maharashtra, Andhra and other parts of the country including West Bengal. In state like UP middlemen and Mandi officials ensure that the farmers turn into object of grief. The need of the hour is implementation of schemes introduced by the government. This can take place effectively if the village panchayts are provided more power to execute them in smooth manner.

There is a need to equip farmers with latest technological accessories that augment the prospects of better output and thus make their contribution more prominent in the global economy. Better results could be attained if information centers having state-of-the -art facilities are set-up inside each village that shed light on issues related with farmers. Let’s not forget that they form the backbone of the nation and so it becomes imperative for us to be conscious of their needs. Both the Central and state governments should come out with plans, which prevent the farmers from being swayed by negative market forces.

They should be helped generously in education and healthcare. For all these, the first step is to elevate the living conditions of farmers. Their continued over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture is doing a ot of harm to the economy. For this farmers change and give way to improved modern systems of farming.

The Farmer's Day observance is a programme to assess how important is the role of farmers in social and economic development of a country. They need to be helped in education, training in scientific farming, loan, storage and marketing of their produce and manu more. Of course, the Agricultural Department is taking care of their needs but the involvement of the whole country is needed to work for the cause of farmers. Farmer's co-operative movement has gained momentum in some developed states. Yet we have to go a long way.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Let's Salute The Real Hero of Our Nation



4 December is celebrated as the Navy Day in India, to commemorate the start of Operation Trident during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The one-night attack the Indian Navy sank three vessels near the largest Pakistani port of Karachi. Operation Trident resulted in first use of anti ship missiles in the region. In Vizag it’s a weeklong event showcasing warship, planes, tanks etc. at RK Beach.

The Indian Navy (Devanāgarī: भारतीय नौ सेना, Bhāratīya Nau Senā) is the naval branch of the armed forces of India. The President of India serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), usually a four-star officer in the rank of admiral, commands the navy. The Indian Navy can trace its lineage back to the 17th-century East India Company's Marine; it succeeded the Royal Indian Navy, which was renamed in 1950 after India became a republic. The 17th-century Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle is considered as the 'Father of the Indian Navy.

Though the primary objective of the navy is to secure the nation's maritime borders, India also uses its navy to enhance its international relations through joint exercises, port visits and humanitarian missions, including disaster relief. In recent years, the Indian Navy has undergone rapid modernisation to replace its ageing equipment currently in service, this is often seen as part of "India's drive" to develop blue-water capabilities and enhance its position in the Indian Ocean region. As of 2014, the Indian Navy has a strength of 58,350 personnel and a large operational fleet consisting of two aircraft carriers, one amphibious transport dock, 9 Landing ship tanks, 9 destroyers, 15 frigates, one nuclear-powered attack submarine, 14 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 25 corvettes, 7 mine countermeasure vessels, 47 patrol vessels, 4 fleet tankers and various auxiliary vessels.

Navy Day in India:

Navy day in India is observed on 4th of December every year to celebrate the magnificence, achievements and role of the naval force to the country. Indian navy is the marine branch (means naval branch) of the India’s armed forces which led by the President of India as a Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Navy. The Maratha emperor, Chhatarpati Shivaji Bhosle of the 17th century is considered as “Father of the Indian Navy”.

Navy of the India plays a great role in securing the marine borders of the country as well as enhancing the international relations of India through many ways like seaport visits, joint exercises, humanitarian missions, calamity relief and etc. Modern Indian navy has as undergone speedy renovation in order to improve the position of navy to the Indian Ocean region. According to the report, the strength of the Indian Navy includes of 58,350 personnel, an aircraft carrier, a big transport dock, 15 frigates, 8 guided missile destroyers, 24 corvettes, 13 conventional submarines, 1 nuclear attack submarine, 30 patrol vessels, 7 mine countermeasure vessels including variety of auxiliary ships.

Navy Day Celebration

India would celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Indian navy this year (2013) on 4th of December in order to remember the daredevil attack on the naval base of Pakistan, at Karachi. In order to celebrate this occasion, the Western Naval Command of the Indian navy (headquarter is Mumbai) bring their ships and sailors for making the celebration excellent.

All the activities which to be conducted on the celebration of the event are planned by the eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam. Wreath laying ceremony is held at the war memorial (at RK Beach) followed by the operational demonstration to show the potential and resourcefulness of the naval submarines, ships, aircrafts and unique forces. Various aircrafts are shown by flying over the RK Beach that’s why people are requested by the authorities to keep the beach clean and litter free (avoid throwing food items) to keep away the birds in that particular area for smooth demonstration of the aircraft (as presence of birds in the sky because of food items may cause hazards to the aircraft).

Why Navy Day is Celebrated:

Navy Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war (at 4th of December in the year 1971) by the Indian Naval Missile boats as well as to reverence all the martyrs of that war. It is celebrated using a particular theme (like “Safe Seas and Secure Coasts for a strong Nation”) of the year for making it more powerful and potent.

A community service for the navy of India is conducted by the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) from 24th of November to the 26th of November at Good Hope Old Age Home, Fort Kochi in which the students from the Navy Children School Chair take parts to entertain the inmates and Naval doctors (from INHS Sanjivani) provides medical checkup to the inmates. Navy Ball, Navy Queen contests including the Navy fest are held to celebrate the navy day.

At this day the warships and aircrafts of the Indian naval are open to the visitors such as school children.  The Military Photo Exhibition is also performed by photojournalists of the Ernakulum in the Navy fest.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Let’s go Viral about the ‘Violence’

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their life span from an intimate partner. The results we are getting from our researches every now and then are extremely shocking and unacceptable. Women who sometimes considered being the goddesses of the universe especially in Indian society are suffering from huge humiliation and high pain.

In 21st century where everyone shows to be so much concerned and focused about Women empowerment are seen neglecting the tortures and violation faced by women. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. According to UN Women, at least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her. In many societies, bias in the legal system and community attitudes add to the trauma.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to hoist awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to emphasize that the scale and true nature of the issue is often veiled.

To raise awareness and trigger action to end this global scourge, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, inviting governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue on that day.

Historically, the date is based on date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the killings were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961). The sisters, known as the "Unforgettable Butterflies", became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women in Latin America. November 25th was the date chosen to commemorate their lives and promote global recognition of gender violence, and has been observed in Latin America since the 1980s. In 1981, activists marked November 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly; on December 17, 1999, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution.

The UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have encouraged governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities to support the day as an international observance. For example, the UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) observes the day each year and offers suggestions for other organizations to observe it.

Every year, 25 November and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day) are commemorated around the world, providing individuals and groups a chance to mobilize and call attention to the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.

Ending violence against women is one of UN Women’s key priority areas, with programmes addressing the pandemic implemented globally. UN Women also coordinates the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and supports widespread social mobilization through its Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter.

Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. A few facts about the scale of violence against women worldwide:
  • As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
  • 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
  • Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
  • Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with 79% of them trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • More than 100 million girls are ‘missing’ due to pre-natal sex selection.

We being a human must respect and protect every woman. Humanity must not die; come what may, saving humanity and fighting for it should be the priority of every individual. Talking about women empowerment is wasteful if we can’t honor and shield the existing women of the universe. Let’s take a pledge today not only to protect every woman on this planet but also to fight for their respect and rights.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Happy International Men's Day 2014

"Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence."

International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include focusing on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promot00e basic humanitarian values.

International Men's Day is celebrated in over 60 countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burundi, Canada, the Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Ghana, Grenada, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Malta, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zimbabwe, on 19 November, and global support for the celebration is broad.

The inaugural celebration of IMD in India was organized by the leading Indian Men's rights organization Save Indian Family on 19 November 2007. The date of 19 November was accepted based on the fact that Australia and the West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) were already observing IMD on that date. The event was again celebrated in India in 2008, and plans have been made to continue the celebration annually.

In 2009, India received the first corporate sponsorship of the International Men's Day with menswear brand Allen Solly deciding to create promotional offers on IMD, and HBO deciding to screen male-positive movies in its "Men are Back" series on 19 November.

Indian Men's rights organization Save Indian Family has joined in with an inaugural celebration of IMD on November 19, 2007. As a first step it accepted November 19 as (Indian) International Men's Day based on the fact that cricket rivals Australians and West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) were already doing it. The event was again celebrated in India in 2008, and plans have been made to continue the celebration annually.

According to its creators, International Men's Day is a time to promote positive aspects of male identity based on the premise that 'males of all ages respond more energetically to positive role models than they do to negative gender stereotyping'. During past years the method of commemorating International Men's Day included public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and art displays.

The manner of observing this annual day is optional, and any appropriate forums can be used. Early pioneers of IMD reminded that the day is not intended to compete against International Women's Day, but is for the purpose of highlighting men's experiences. In 2009 the following broad objectives were ratified as a basis for all International Men's Day observations, and are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status:
  • To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men's positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
  • To focus on men's health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world; where people can live free from harm and grow to reach their full potential.
According to Men's Activism News Network, International Men's Day also interfaces with "Movember" – a worldwide moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health, one of the key themes promoted on IMD. It also interfaces with Universal Children's Day on 20 November and forms a 48-hour celebration firstly of men, then children respectively, with a recognition of the bonds between them.

The theme for 2014 is, "Keeping Men and Boys safe".

The nominated target areas are:
• Keeping men and boys Safe by tackling male suicide;
• Keeping boys safe so they can become tomorrow’s role models;
• Tackling our tolerance of violence against men and boys;
• Boosting men’s life expectancy by keeping men and boys safe from avoidable illness and death;
• Keeping men and boys safe by promoting fathers and male role models.

The 2014 Press Release asks, "People all over the world are used to relating to men as protectors and providers, but how often do we consider the actions we can all take to protect Men and Boys from harm and provide them with a safe world where they can thrive and prosper?"

Monday, 17 November 2014

Canadian Universities/Colleges are eager to join hands with progressive institutes like BFGI: Amrik Virk (Advanced Education Minister, British Columbia)

The 16 member academic delegation of PHD chamber of commerce for Canada visit was highly successful for Baba Farid Group of Institutions. The top 5 universities of Canada collaborated with Baba Farid Group of Institutions during this period. This delegation headed by Mr. Dilip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber of commerce had an objective of building student exchange programs, Faculty development Programs, Skill development and Research & development between Indian and Canadian institutes. This delegation was flagged off by honorable Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal from CM house.

During a press meet chairman of BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal told that Baba Farid Group of
Institutions is working day and night for insuring bright future for the students because of which we will be able to achieve 100% placement of the students in the best and top companies. Mr. Dhaliwal visited the world’s top universities situated in British Columbia (Canada) along with the academic delegation of PhD chamber of commerce. He also told that contrary to the Indian education system where bookish knowledge is given more importance, the Canadian education system gives importance to the practical knowledge. That is why to uplift the standard of education India and Canada are joining hands to bring revolution in field of Indian education.

Considering the need of the hour, universities situated in British Columbia like  University of Fraser valley, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of technology being more are also joining hands with BFGI. BFGI has already signed written consent for MOU with Sprott Shaw College for the same. Apart from this, BFGI is also in discussion with Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, Langara College, British Columbia and Vancouver Flim School for the collaboration.

Mr. Dhaliwal also told that University of British Columbia which is ranked 33rd in the world has also given approval for a collaborative research program. A written consent has also been signed with Thomson Rivers University is situatedoin 280 acres of land and is a government funded university for the Canadian degree in which students of different courses will study half period of their degree in India and will go to Canada for the completion of their degree.

In addition to this students of class XI &XII can also take admission in university’s pathway program wherein students can have training in their field along with gist knowledge of courses they want to continue further. Apart from this they will also be given coaching for IELTS which would further help them in seeking admission in Thomson Rivers University.

University of Fraser valley also gave its written consent over faculty development and Canadian
degree and also university is planning to open their program in Baba Farid campus. A written MOU has also
been approved by British Columbia Institute of technology for faculty development, skill development and internship of students. Advance education minister, Amrik Virk of British Columbia (Canada) appreciated the efforts of BFGI to provide primary education to students and at the same time skill development, research & development, faculty development and student exchange programs.

Mr. Virk also said that Canadian educational institutes see lots of potential for the development of students in India. Therefore; they want to collaborate with such educational institutes in India whose focus is on skill development and research & development along with providing advance facilities including financial support. The former Chief Minister of British Columbia (Canada), Mr. Ujjal Dosanjh said that he will give full support for the development of such educational Institutes and hopes that BFGI will cooperate to bring quality education, research programs, sharing knowledge and will provide potential opportunities to the researchers of both India and Canada.

The present Chief Minister of British Columbia (Canada), Christy Clark welcomed Indian Educational delegates and appreciated efforts by them to uplift the standard of education.  Counselor General, Mr. Ravi Shankar of British Columbia and other delegates also appreciated the efforts and promised to support for the same.

During press conference, answering to a question, Mr. Dhaliwal said that it is due to the collaboration with world’s top Universities and colleges that the professors from the top educational Institutes of
Canada will teach Indian students and apart from this Indian and Canadian students will be able to work together on research projects that leads to good placement opportunities to them. He also said that in future the curriculum of foreign Universities will be taught to students wherein they will be given practical exposure in the foreign labs.

As per one of the agreements, 5 students of Baba Farid college of Engineering and Technology got
selected by the University of Oslo for the collaborative research program where they will be working
together with Canadian students on research projects. Apart from this discussion with Norway
University of Science and Technology is also in process to work upon research projects on agriculture and social science. Chairman of the group, Mr. Dhaliwal has also visited Singapore in order to have academic collaborations with the top educational Institutes of Singapore. He is also set to visit USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand in order to have academic collaborations with the top Institutes of these countries. He said that, ' BFGI will be ready to become an university the day itI offers world class education system to its students.'


Happy Children's Day 2014


While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. 

                         Angela Schwindt

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an "appropriate" day.

International Day for Protection of Children, observed in many countries as Children's Day on June 1 since 1950, was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (22 November 1949). Major global variants include a Universal Children's Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation.

Children's day, in hindi known as "Bal Diwas", in India falls on November 14th every year and for good reason. Children's day in India is celebrated on Pandit Nehru's birthday as a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood, children and Nehruji's love for them.

About Jawahar Lal Nehru

On November 14, 1889, a son was born to an eminent lawyer, Motilal Nehru and his wife Swaroop Rani at Allahabad. They named him Jawaharlal. He was a brilliant, kindhearted child who was greatly loved by all. His father wanted to give him the best education and hence sent him to England for his M.A. from Cambridge. The British ruled India at that time.When he returned to India, young Jawaharlal realized that he wanted to help the poor and the downtrodden. He took part in the Freedom Struggle of India and became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi who had just returned from South Africa at that time. When India gained its independence, he became the first Prime Minister of free India.

He was a perfect blend of eastern philosophical values and western scientific thinking and encouraged technological progress. But he was also a man of letters and a great poet and wrote some famous works like, Glimpses of World History and Discovery of India. His letters to his daughter, Indira, were also compiled into a book and reflects his philosophical outlook, his compassion and above all, his tender heart.
The Birth of Chacha Nehru

Chacha Nehru as the children fondly referred to him, was fond of both children and roses. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength of a country and the very foundation of society. He was the beloved of all the children who gave him the endearing name of Chacha Nehru.

Celebrations

As a tribute to this great man and his love for the children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as CHILDREN's DAY. Most schools have cultural programmes for the day, with the students managing it all. All over the country, various cultural, social, and even corporate, institutions conduct competitions for children. Children's Day is a day for children to engage in fun and frolic. Schools celebrate this day by organizing cultural programmes. Teachers of the school perform songs and dances for their students.

Therefore, Children's Day is special. It is a day set aside to remember Pandit Nehru and his love for children.